Global use of industrial robots is accelerating: report

Service robots dance at the World Robot Expo in Beijing, capital of China. Photo by Xinhua / Ren Chao.

The development of robotic density in China is the most dynamic in the world. The density of robots has increased from 49 units in 2015 to 246 in 2020. China now ranks ninth in the world, a big jump from the 25th five years ago.

The use of robots in manufacturing industries around the world “is accelerating at a high rate” as the average density of robots has nearly doubled in the past five years, reaching 126 units per 10,000 employees in 2020, said the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). according to reports from the Xinhua News Agency.

The average robot density was highest in Asia / Australia with 134 units, followed by Europe with 123 units and the Americas with 111 units, according to the “2021 World Robot Report” published by the IFR.

“The density of robots is the barometer to monitor the degree of adoption of automation in the manufacturing industry around the world”, – said IFR chairman Milton Guerry.

South Korea has the highest robot density in the world since 2010. With 932 units per 10,000 employees, the country is seven times above the global average, according to the report.

Humanoid robots are on display during the International Robot Industry Show 2011 (iRIS 2011) at KINTEX in Ilsan, Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Photo by Xinhua / Park Jin-hee.

“With its globally recognized electronics industry and a distinct automotive industry, the (South) Korean economy is based on the two biggest areas for industrial robots”, – said the report. Since 2015, the density of robots has increased by 10% per year.

“The development of robotic density in China is the most dynamic in the world”, – the report found. The density of robots has increased from 49 units in 2015 to 246 in 2020. China now ranks ninth in the world, a big jump from the 25th five years ago.

Germany was the most automated country in Europe with a robot density of 371 units last year. The country’s robotics industry is “Recovery, mainly driven by strong commercial activity abroad rather than by the internal or European market”, – the IFR noted.

Visitors watch a robot on display at THK’s booth at the 2019 Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany. Photo by Xinhua / Shan Yuqi.

In the United States, “the modernization of domestic production facilities has boosted robot sales,” with robot density increasing from 176 units in 2015 to 255 units last year, according to the report. The use of industrial robots would also help the country achieve its decarbonization goals.

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